Welcome to the Political Science Department

Penn’s Political Science Department is experiencing a renaissance. Over the past decade, our faculty has grown by 50%, an increase in quantity that has been matched by gains in quality. The strength of our faculty in each of four major subfields is being built with an eye to excellence embracing a variety of approaches and methodologies.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

The department’s combination of distinction and diversity has resulted in a rapid expansion of the undergraduate program and a newly invigorated Ph.D. program. Our faculty and graduate students play key roles in numerous centers and organizations across Penn’s campus whose missions bear on topics of interest to political scientists.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

We hope you will explore the website for a glimpse into the variety of our programs, activities, and classes, as well as an introduction to the accomplishments of the people who comprise the Political Science Department at Penn.

News & Announcements

Penn Launches Program for Opinion Research and Election Studies

Penn SAS Frontiers details the launch of the Penn Program for Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES). It interviews Professor John Lapinski about how the program will give undergraduates a look under the hood of democracy.

Newsweek Interviews O'Leary on Kurdistan

Newsweek featured comments from Professor Brendan O'Leary in its article: "Can an Independent Kurdistan Reshape the Middle East?"

Chao: East Asia's Lessons from World War I

Brian Chao, a Ph.D. Student in International Relations, argues in "The Diplomat" that China may unwittingly find itself facing a similar string of events to those that confronted Germany in 1914. 

Horowitz: Preparing the Navy for Next-Generation Warfare

According to Professor Michael Horowitz, the US Navy needs a commitment to innovation to prepare for the future of warfare. He published an article in "War on the Rocks" with co-author Samuel Brennan titled: "Beyond UCLASS: Preparing the Navy for next-generation warfare." (link

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair